Baked Potatoes – Foil Wrap Fascination

Have you guys heard of Cecil Adams, famous for his “The Straight Dope,” syndicated newspaper column and books?  I’ve been a fan for years.  The guy says he knows everything about everything and, with very few exceptions, seems to have backed that up impressively.  Not that he carries all of that information around in his head. He uses lots of experts and resources…and is very fond of the personal experiment.  I get an email from his website every week with a few highlights of his online version of the column.

This week, I was particularly fascinated by a column about the proper way to wrap a baked potato in aluminum foil.  Should it be shiny side in or shiny side out?  For my part, I had no idea there was such a controversy.  But, apparently there is.  I’ve always wrapped mine shiny side out and no one has ever given me any flack for it.

Sour cream or butter is no longer the biggest choice!

Seems, sour cream or butter is no longer the touchest choice we have to make!

Cecil covered this one from all angles, from consulting foil wrap specialists to actually wrapping potatoes both ways and cooking them side by side.  If you’re not itching to know the answer for yourselves by now, you must at least be hungry!  Go and check it out for yourselves here.  And while you’re there, I suggest poking around the site for more fascinating articles about any topic you can think of (and many that have probably never crossed your mind).  There’s a forum you can sign up for if you’re willing to fork over a few bucks, but subscribing to the weekly email blast is free and fun.  Hey, you might even get smarter in the process!

If you’re already a fan, leave me a comment and tell me why.


2 Chronicles 1:11 And God said to Solomon: “Because this was in your heart, and you have not asked riches or wealth or honor or the life of your enemies, nor have you asked long life–but have asked wisdom and knowledge for yourself, that you may judge My people over whom I have made you king– 12 wisdom and knowledge are granted to you; and I will give you riches and wealth and honor, such as none of the kings have had who were before you, nor shall any after you have the like.”


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